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The Key to his Kingdom

A best-selling author discovers that many great stories lie in his own backyard.

Howard Frank Mosher is always looking for material for his next book. So it was not really surprising that the Indian River Literary Society's guest speaker would use his visit to Vero Beach to do just that.

He arrived on the afternoon prior to his appearance, having driven from his home in Vermont and making a book tour stop in Orlando the day before to promote his latest novel, On Kingdom Mountain. Gwyneth Fournie, marketing director of Northern Trust, sponsor of the Literary Society, had booked Mosher into the oceanfront Vero Beach Hotel & Club for his two-day stay. However, he walked into the lobby, promptly canceled his reservation, drove over the Barber Bridge to a budget motel on U.S.1 and State Road 60 and checked himself in there instead. He though this would prove more colorful--albeit less luxurious.

He was right, although maybe not in the way he had anticipated. He told his audience the next day that, while he attempted to sleep, the occupants in the room next door partied until dawn, necessitating three raids by the Vero Beach Police. "Great fodder for my writing," he told his audience with a smile. 

Read the entire article in the January 2009 issue